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Crowdfunding: What Entrepreneurs Need to Know

This event is hosted by the Delaware Chamber of Commerce, (740) 369-6221. Please register online with the Chamber for this event:

Join us for a panel discussion on crowdfunding where we will address:

How can crowdfunding be used to raised to money?
What types of companies can raise money through crowdfunding?
The current legal status and legal implications of crowdfunding
Crowdfunding uncertainties and how it affects entrepreneurs

Our panelists will include:

Jonathan Sundland
Jonathan is the founder of, a leading provider of data and analysis on security crowdfunding markets, and Prior to founding TheCrowdCafe he worked in investment banking and institutional investing.

Ryan Rutan

Ryan Rutan is a 20 year veteran of the startup environment.  He is currently a founding partner and head of consulting for, a business-focused crowdfunding company based out of Columbus, Ohio. In the decade prior to launching Fundable, he founded and exited two companies, and consulted dozens of others. His endeavors range from consumer-facing technology and web design and development, to retail, food service and medical practice business automation. He recently directed technology for a $150MM market research firm in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  He returned to the US to join the founding team at Fundable, where he’s spent the last 2 years working with hundreds of startups across a wide range of industries as they prepare to raise capital.

Ryan holds a Bachelors of Science from the Ohio State University where his academic career was split between Finance, Marketing and MIS, with an additional 2 year study in medical sciences. He currently resides downtown in Columbus Ohio with his wife and 2 year old daughter.  

Jeremiah Thomas
Jeremiah is an Attorney for Kegler Brown Hill + Ritter. Jeremiah is an expert on the legal issues surrounding crowdfunding. He represents a number of growth-stage companies both with respect to day-to-day activities and in structuring and negotiating capital formation transactions. He also represents venture funds and other investors in connection with their investment negotiation and diligence.

Wayne Embree
Wayne is Executive VP at TechColumbus, where he advises and supports the team that guide startups from concept through customer validation, product development, market testing and introduction; and the investment professionals leading the pre-investment diligence processes, deal documentation, closing and post-investment management. Wayne has over thirty years experience in the venture capital industry.

Rick Coplin, Panel Moderator
Rick is Vice President at TechColumbus. Rick has helped to build and sell a start-up company, directed technology programs in a major financial institution and consulted with companies across the country in the areas of technology, finance, marketing and operations. Rick works alongside emerging companies on business formation, commercialization strategies, and capital planning.

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  • Chris C.

    I'm totally bummed I missed this :-(

    Any chance of an encore any time soon?

    Or better yet, was it filmed and posted to youtube?

    December 28, 2013

  • Murugan G.

    Are there any future events on this. Please email me at [masked]

    December 11, 2013

  • Travis F.

    Hello I am interested in coming out to this event but sadly do not drive if there anyone leaving from Columbus that would be willing to carpool? If not I will ride my bike I figures if I can save myself the three hour ride out there in 20 degree weather why not.

    December 9, 2013

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